‘And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him’ ~ Colossians 3:17
Its amazing to see the myriad opportunities one can utilize to serve Christ. But the bigger question is are we willing to humble ourselves and do even the most menial of jobs if required? Lets consider the example of Epaphroditus.
The city of Philippi was strategically paced on the east west Ignatian trade route. Named after the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II, the city was surrounded by a range of mountains deposited with silver and gold, which added to its wealth. It was here that Paul planted this young church during his second missionary journey. The church no doubt was deeply grateful to its founder. When they heard that Paul was under house arrest in Jerusalem, they sent two gifts: some money and a person – Epaphroditus. Epaphroditus was sent to help look after Paul by doing basic housekeeping and cooking meals and getting things organized in the house. And he did not mind doing so! Infact the Bible records that Epaphroditus fell ill in Jerusalem and its distressed his heart to know that the church at Philippi had gotten to know about this.
Epaphroditus belonged to a rare breed of apostles; the kind who focus not on themselves nor find it awkward to cook meals, sweep and mop floors, shop groceries, wash dishes, or scrub pots and pans for fellow Christians, especially those in need of such help. He had no theological degree nor any missionary training to his credit. But he had willingness to do anything, whatever needed to be done for the kingdom of God. When we adopt the attitude of doing whatever we can, whether in word or deed as unto the Lord, we harness the joy of serving Christ, even when it calls for serving fellow Christians.
The word apostle literally means ‘a sent one’. Do you see yourself as an ‘apostle’ – sent by God into this world?
Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this encouraging example. I will pay heed to your ways. Open my eyes to see the opportunities you give me to serve you. Help me be willing to do whatever needs to be done for your kingdom. Amen.”
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